Coast Guard medevacs 13-year-old from Chenega fishing vessel

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 13-year-old boy Saturday from a fishing vessel in Chenega waters, officials said Sunday.

A caller onboard the 58-foot-long fishing vessel Golden Pacific reported the teen was suffering symptoms of a seizure about 30 minutes after falling nearly 20 feet. The emergency medical technician on board the Golden Pacific had apparently assessed the teen and specifically requested higher care.

A flight surgeon for the 17th Coast Guard District agreed and recommended evacuation to a hospital.

Thus, an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed to Cordova and medevaced the unnamed boy, taking him straight to awaiting medical personnel.

In a statement released Sunday, USCG Petty Officer 2nd Class Lindsey Helmbrecht, a Sector Anchorage watchstander, said communication was key in this incident.

“Coordination with the crew of the Golden Pacific was essential in this case,” Helmbrecht said. “The assessment from the on board EMT provided us with critical information, and the cooperation of the crew in diverting the vessel to Chenega allowed us to respond quickly to get the teen to necessary medical care.”

The boy's condition was not immediately known at press time.